Come out to enjoy the elevated park! Free and family-friendly!
Two years ago construction started on the St. Thomas Elevated Park and on Sept 14, 2019, we celebrated the public opening of the unique project from end to end.
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Enter at the intersection of King and Centre streets, St. Thomas, Ontario. MAPThe actual address is 1 Centre Street, just half a block south of Jumbo Memorial. His trunk ‘points’ to the side street it’s on. Park on the street or in the parking lot across from the park. Walk down the side street going South and its not far.Closes at dusk and entrance is free. Contact – www.elevatedpark.ca
WHAT YOU’LL SEE
The first 210 feet of the bridge is totally surfaced in a wooden deck. The remaining 600 feet has a continuous 10-foot wide concrete sidewalk. The entire surface is fully accessible for all mobility needs.
You’ll also see our newest piece of public art, The Faraway Nearby, installed by St. Thomas born artist Christine Dewancker.
What’s Coming Later this Autumn
We plan to lay sod along 600 feet of the park to complement the sidewalk. By the end of October, we will have graded and resurfaced the entire trail from the bridge all the way to Lyle Road, a distance of over three kilometers.
Year built: 1930
The 89-year-old Michigan Central Railway bridge tells a great story about St. Thomas’s railway heritage. The bridge was built in 1929 as a 260-meter-long railway trestle to carry the Michigan Central Railroad 34 meters above the Kettle Creek Valley on the west side of Canada’s Railway Town.
The last train rolled across the double-tracked bridge in 1996 and it then sat idle for 17 years while demolition firms sent proposals to its owner to have it dismantled. But it now has new life as a community resource, thanks to many sponsors, donors, workers, and volunteers!